The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (abbreviated RHOBH) is an American reality television series that premiered on October 14, 2010, on Bravo. Developed as the sixth installment of The Real Housewives franchise, it has aired eleven seasons and focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in Beverly Hills, California.
|The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills|
|Created by||Scott Dunlop|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||11|
|No. of episodes||244 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||41–43 minutes|
|Production company||Evolution Media|
|Original release||October 14, 2010 –|
|Preceded by||The Real Housewives of D.C.|
|Followed by||The Real Housewives of Miami|
|Related shows||Vanderpump Rules|
The cast of the upcoming twelfth season will consist of Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Erika Girardi, Dorit Kemsley, Garcelle Beauvais, Sutton Stracke, Crystal Kung Minkoff and Diana Jenkins, while Kathy Hilton and Sheree Zampino will serve as a friends of the housewives. Previous cast members include original housewives Camille Grammer Meyer, Taylor Armstrong, Adrienne Maloof, Kim Richards, and Lisa Vanderpump; and subsequent housewives Brandi Glanville, Yolanda Hadid, Carlton Gebbia, Joyce Giraud de Ohoven, Eileen Davidson, Kathryn Edwards, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, and Denise Richards.
The success of the show resulted in the creation of the spin-off Vanderpump Rules.
Overview and casting
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was announced in March 2010 as the sixth installment of The Real Housewives franchise. The first season premiered on October 14, 2010, and starred Kyle Richards, Adrienne Maloof, Kim Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Camille Grammer and Taylor Armstrong. The series received a 2011 Critics Choice Award for best reality series.
The second season premiered on September 5, 2011, with Brandi Glanville and Dana Wilkey introduced as a friend of the housewives. The second season was re-edited after the death of Taylor Armstrong's husband, Russell Armstrong, who died by suicide on August 15, 2011. Meyer left the main cast after the second season.
The third season aired on November 5, 2012. Glanville was upgraded as a main cast member and Yolanda Foster was added to the series. Marisa Zanuck and Faye Resnick were introduced as a friend of the housewives, while Meyer was downgraded as a friend. Adrienne Maloof did not return for the fourth season after she didn't attend the season three reunion.
The fourth season premiered on November 4, 2013, with Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud joining the cast. Armstrong was demoted to a guest role. Giraud and Gebbia were not asked back after the fourth season.
The fifth season premiered on November 18, 2014, featuring Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson as the new housewives. Maloof, Meyer and Armstrong appeared in the season as guests. Kim Richards and Glanville were not asked back for the sixth season as regular cast members.
Erika Jayne and Kathryn Edwards joined the show's sixth season which premiered on December 1, 2015. Kim Richards, Meyer, Armstrong, Resnick, Maloof and Glanville returned in guest appearances, alongside Bethenny Frankel of The Real Housewives of New York City. The season served as the final season for Hadid, and the only season for Edwards.
The seventh season premiered on December 6, 2016, with new cast member, Dorit Kemsley. Eden Sassoon joined the show in a recurring capacity whilst Kim Richards and Meyer also made regular appearances throughout the season. Davidson and Sassoon left the series after the seventh season.
The eighth season premiered on December 19, 2017, with the addition of Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave as a new cast member. Meyer returned as a friend of the housewives, while Davidson, Resnick and Maloof appeared as guests.
The ninth season premiered on February 12, 2019. It featured all six cast members from the previous season, with Denise Richards joining the cast. Meyer returned once again as a friend of the housewives, while Kim Richards, Glanville and Resnick appeared as guests. Vanderpump exited the show after the ninth season.
Garcelle Beauvais joined the tenth season as a main cast member, which premiered on April 15, 2020. While Sutton Stracke debuted as a friend of the housewives. Meyer, Kim Richards, Maloof, Glanville, Davidson and Resnick also made guest appearances during the season. Denise Richards announced her departure from the show after the tenth season, while Mellencamp was fired.
The eleventh season which premiered on May 19, 2021, features Crystal Kung Minkoff joining the show and Stracke joining the main cast  Kathy Hilton joins the cast in a "friend of the housewives" capacity. Former housewife Mellencamp Arroyave made a guest appearance in the season.
Timeline of cast members
|Joyce Giraud de Ohoven||Main|
|Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave||Main||Guest|
|Crystal Kung Minkoff||Main|
|Friends of the housewives|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||17||October 14, 2010||February 15, 2011|
|2||24||September 5, 2011||February 16, 2012|
|3||22||November 5, 2012||April 8, 2013|
|4||23||November 4, 2013||April 7, 2014|
|5||23||November 18, 2014||April 21, 2015|
|6||24||December 1, 2015||May 10, 2016|
|7||21||December 6, 2016||April 25, 2017|
|8||22||December 19, 2017||May 15, 2018|
|9||24||February 12, 2019||July 30, 2019|
|10||20||April 15, 2020||September 23, 2020|
|11||24||May 19, 2021||November 3, 2021|
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs regularly on Bravo in the United States; most episodes are approximately forty-two to forty-four minutes in length, and are broadcast in standard definition and high definition. Since its premiere, the series has alternated airing on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and has been frequently shifted between the 8:00, 9:00, and 10:00 PM timeslots.
In popular culture
The franchise consists of multiple figures in popular culture and media publicity prior to the show's airing. In Season 1, sisters Kim and Kyle Richards are introduced as former child stars. Kyle starred alongside Jamie Lee Curtis in the 1978 horror film Halloween, as Lindsey Wallace. Additionally, Kyle Richards starred in Little House on the Prairie and The Car (alongside sister Kim Richards), and Fantasy Island. Kim starred in multiple Disney films, such as the Witch Mountain film franchise, including Escape to Witch Mountain in 1975 and Return from Witch Mountain in 1978 as Tia Malone. Additionally she has starred in Nanny and the Professor and Hello, Larry. The Richards sisters are the aunts of socialite, businesswoman and heiress Paris Hilton through half-sister Kathy Hilton, who recurs as a member of the show in guest and 'friend' capacities throughout its airing. Alongside Kim and Kyle Richards, Camille Grammer, a past Club MTV dancer in the 1990s, is introduced as the wife of Kelsey Grammer, starring in multiple acclaimed television and theatre productions, such as Frasier. Faye Resnick, introduced in Season 1 as a friend of Kyle Richards, was a prominent figure in the O.J. Simpson murder case as a close friend of victim Nicole Brown Simpson alongside Kris Jenner, prior to her writing of a tell-all book Nicole Brown Simpson: The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted about their friendship and her relationship with O.J. Simpson, which fell under public scrutiny for seemingly capitalising off of her friend's tragic death.
Season 2 introduces former international model Brandi Glanville in a 'friend' role (later to appear in main and guest capacities) amid her highly publicised divorce from actor Eddie Cibrian as a result of his affair with singer LeAnn Rimes.
Season 3 introduced Yolanda Hadid (then Foster), wife of Grammy-winning composer and producer David Foster. Covered in her featured seasons was the rise of the careers of supermodel daughters Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid to high status.
Season 5 introduces soap actresses Eileen Davidson and Lisa Rinna. Davidson as an Emmy award-winning actress has starred in iconic soap roles in shows like Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. Rinna has also starred in famous capacities in Melrose Place and Days of Our Lives, as well as hosting Soap Talk alongside Ty Treadway, and starring in her own reality show Harry Loves Lisa with husband Harry Hamlin of Mad Men and L.A. Law.
Season 6 introduced Kathryn Edwards, ex-wife of Marcus Allen. Both their names are bought up in Faye Resnick's controversial memoir regarding Nicole Brown Simpson and the O.J. Simpson murder case regarding their roles in hindsight in the murders. Edwards and Resnick clashed in an interaction regarding the latter's allegations. Erika Girardi (known professionally as Erika Jayne) was also introduced in a main role. As the wife of nationally acclaimed lawyer Tom Girardi 32 years her senior, Girardi had produced multiple Number 1 Billboard Dance Chart singles under the Erika Jayne alias.
Season 10 introduced actress Garcelle Beauvais of The Jamie Foxx Show, Coming to America and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Her time on the show has since shown her venturing into new entertainment capacities such as becoming a host of talk show The Real.
In 2019, a screen cap from the Season 2 episode "Malibu Beach Party from Hell" began trending as the "Woman yelling at a cat" meme, featuring cast members Taylor Armstrong and Kyle Richards followed by a picture of a cat sitting at a dinner table. It has since won Meme of the Year at the Shorty Awards in 2020, with Armstrong virtually accepting the award.
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